May 21, 2021

Fascia, Soffits & Gutters Limerick

Jims Roofing

The Problem:

Not all homeowners are builders. There are terms for the different parts of a structure that homeowners don't know, don't understand, or of which homeowners don't grasp the importance. Such is the case with soffits, fascia, and gutters.   Gutters last around 15-20 years depending on rainfall and often leak and crack, Its important that its taken care of because ignoring it often causes further damage to roof costing you even more if you ignore it.

The Solution:

If Irish homeowners notice their roofs don't look new, they might want to call in the professionals to take a look. If the roof needs replacement, then homeowners should know some of the parts of the roof, what they do, and why they're being replaced. This is what we've explained above, and Jim's Roofing And Guttering in Limerick welcomes a call if you need help with your roof. 

Fascia Soffits Gutter Repairs & Installs Limerick

Homeowners might know such parts of a structure by different names. They're called gutters in the United States, but they're called rain catchers, eavestroughs, and eaves channels in other countries. Soffits and fascia are called soffits and fascia regardless of in what country homeowners live. Now that you know the terms, let's consider what job these parts of a structure perform.

Homeowners in Ireland might not know much about roofs. They just know the water is leaking into the house, and the whole thing probably needs replacement. The soffits, fascia, and gutters are parts of a roof. They play a large part in preventing water from entering your house. They'll be replaced along with the shingles and other parts of the roof. Here's why.

What Is A Soffit?

A roof will sometimes overhang a house. This overhang is often called the eaves or rafters of the house. When a cover is attached to these rafters, it's called a soffit. Today's soffits are made with tiny holes for ventilation.

Heat builds up on a roof from the sun beating down upon it as well as from the heat coming from the loft. This causes a vastly hot roof. It's responsible for weakened shingles in summer and ice dams in winter.

Without a way to disperse, the heat causes humidity in the loft. That means mould, mildew, and rotted wood. Put together, all this means higher power bills.

Perhaps one of the most important functions of a soffit is the protection of the roof deck. Sometimes rain gets blown by heavy winds up under the eaves of a house. Without a soffit in place, the roof and the roof deck would get wet. Water would then leak into the loft, and thus into the ceilings and walls of the house. 

What Is Fascia?

When a house is being built, it's all a welter of unfinished lumber. Beams stick out over the walls of the house before the roof is put on. Fascia is one of the finishing touches put on a house. This is the board placed across the roof beams to cover them as a finishing touch. Some people call it trim.

Its purpose is to prevent rain from getting blown up into the roof beams and roof deck. The fascia can be damaged by an improperly hanging roof, choked gutters, and ice dams in winter. Homeowners will know the fascia is damaged by its discoloured appearance and cracks. This will be replaced along with the roof.

What Are Gutters?

Gutters are metal, usually aluminium, troughs that hang at the edge of the roof to catch water. This is why they're called eavestroughs or rain catchers. At one end of the trough will be a downspout through which the rainwater will get into the soil to drain away from the structure.

A structure without a gutter system sustains damages from the level of a little water to “it's time to call in the professionals.” The damages could be:

  • The water around the foundation. Erosion happens, along with a flooded basement and damaged foundation
  • Water on the windows. Condensation damages the window sills and can get into the walls
  • Water damage to the roof. The soffit, fascia, and wood can rot, break down, and mould.

Leaves, twigs from trees, and other materials blown there by Mother Nature clog up gutters. When clogs happen, rainwater backs up. It overflows the gutters, causing some or all of the damages described above. Gutters should be cleaned out in spring and in fall to prevent these damages. 

Gutters are only one part of the solution, however. Downspouts carry the rainwater away from the house. If they don't carry the water far enough away, then the foundation will suffer the consequences. The answer is downspout extenders extending at least four to eight feet from the house.

How the gutters are attached to the soffit is important. If the gutter is coming away from the soffit, or ill attached by the brackets, then a professional should be contacted to either reattach the gutters or get you a new gutter system. 

Other metals other than aluminium crack or rust, so they're not used so much. Today's gutters come with screens or guards to prevent debris from clogging the system. Rainwater passes through without a hitch, saving the homeowner the trouble of cleaning them. 

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